Vantage expands footprint in Ashburn and Silicon Valley

By Harry Menear
Vantage Data Centres’ new VA12 and CA23 facilities will add a combined 68MW of data centre capacity in two of the US’ largest data centre markets...

This month, Vantage Data Centres has announced the expansion of two of its data centre campuses in the world’s two largest data centre markets. In response to rising customer demand across the American tech sector, Vantage is building a new facility in its Ashburn, Virginia campus and has begun construction on a three data centre campus near its existing flagship facility in the heart of Silicon Valley. 

The two new data centres will add a combined total of 68MW of data centre capacity to the company’s footprint, in a bid to meet growing industry demand for hyperscale colocation solutions. 

The first facility is located in Ashburn’s Data Centre Alley, the world’s most-heavily saturated data centre market. The new data centre, VA12, is the second of five planned facilities under construction at Vantage’s Ashburn campus. When all five are completed, the 42 acre facility will have a total capacity of 146MW spread across more than 1mn square feet of real estate. 

VA12 itself will add 32MW of IT capacity and occupy more than 250,000 square feet of space. The facility is scheduled to come online in Q1 2021. 

In California, Vantage is beginning construction on a second data centre campus located in Santa Clara, near the heart of Silicon Valley. The new campus, upon completion, will comprise three facilities with a total IT load capacity of 77MW. 

The first facility, CA12, will have a total IT capacity of 32MW and is expected to begin operations in the second half of next year.  

The new campus is located nine miles from Vantage’s flagship Silicon Valley facility - which the company claims as the largest LEED-certified data centre campus in North America - and, upon completion, the two locations will have a combined IT capacity of 154MW spread across nine data centre facilities. 

“Vantage continues to experience a heightened global demand for hyperscale data center services,” said Sureel Choksi, president and CEO of Vantage Data Centres. “Because our customers want to grow with us across multiple markets, we continue to develop sustainable, state-of-the-art facilities across our portfolio, including in the world’s top data centre markets.”

The ongoing expansion of Vantage’s infrastructure was catalysed in the first quarter of the year, when the company announced a $2bn European expansion with the acquisition of Etix Everywhere, several additional facilities in Germany, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, and - in Q3 2019, the purchase of the Next Generation Data campus, the largest facility of its kind in the European market.

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